Highway deaths up nearly three times from 2018 after deadly crash near Pinedale

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PINEDALE, Wyo. (KGWN) - Wyoming Highway Patrol says this year has seen a particularly high fatality rate with several crashes leading to multiple deaths. WHP says too much speed for conditions has been a common factor in the crashes.

This comes as another crash has lead to multiple deaths, killing two Wyoming residents.

On January 28, 2019, a fatal crash occurred at milepost 131 on US 191 north of Pinedale, Wyoming. Around 4:35 p.m., Wyoming Highway Patrol troopers were dispatched to the area for a two-vehicle collision.

A 2010 Toyota Yaris was traveling northbound on US 191 when the vehicle crossed the center line and entered the southbound lane colliding head-on with a 2006 Subaru Forester.

The driver of the Subaru has been identified as 62-year-old Pinedale, Wyoming resident Mary A. Menster. Menster was wearing her seatbelt and transported by helicopter to Eastern Idaho Regional Medical Center where she later succumbed to her injuries.

The driver of the Toyota has been identified as 44-year-old Bedford, Wyoming resident Marion D. Robinson. Robinson was wearing his seatbelt but succumbed to his injuries at the scene of the crash. The male juvenile passenger in the Toyota was transported to St. John’s Hospital in Jackson, Wyoming.

Lane use and sun glare are being investigated on the part of Robinson as a contributing factor. The road conditions were dry at the time of the crash.

This is the 13th and 14th fatality on Wyoming’s highways in 2019 compared to 5 in 2018, 3 in 2017, and 4 in 2016 to date.